By Derrick DePledge
U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz and U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa have agreed to five debates so far in their Democratic primary for U.S. Senate.
Here are the events:
July 1 — Kauai, hosted by the Kauai Chamber of CommerceJuly 2 — Hilo, hosted by Hawai‘i Public Radio and the Hawaii Island Chamber of CommerceJuly 15 — Oahu, hosted by KHON and AARPDate TBD — Oahu, hosted by KITV and Civil BeatDate TBD — Oahu, hosted by Hawaii News Now and the Honolulu Star-Advertiser
“I look forward to the opportunity to speak directly with the voters about our work to build an economy that works for all of our families,” Schatz said in a statement. “These forums and debates will give the people of Hawai‘i the chance to hear firsthand about how we are fighting for Hawaii values in Washington.”
In November, Hanabusa challenged Schatz to a series of 12 debates.
Peter Boylan, a spokesman for the Hanabusa campaign, said Tuesday that the congresswoman hopes Schatz will agree to more events.
"We are excited that after 117 days, Brian finally committed to debating the issues important to the people of Hawaii," Boylan said in a statement. "The only way for the voters to figure out who they trust to fight for their families and protect their values is to hear from the candidates, side by side.
"These forums are a very important part of a process that began when Neil Abercrombie promoted Brian. That process ends with the people having their first chance to vote for their next U.S. Senator. The voters deserve the chance to hear from Colleen and Brian, as often as they can, in order to assess who has the skill set, resume, and heart necessary to represent our Hawaii in the United States Senate."